Friday 19 May, 6pm, Gordon Square Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Eileen Gray’s iconic modernist villa E-1027 (1926-1929) in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur has recently been opened to the public, following extensive restoration. ‘The Price of Desire,’ directed by Mary McGuckian and starring Orla Brady and Vincent Perez offers an account of Gray’s career and professional reputation in the light of Le Corbusier’s subsequent controversial interventions in the villa.
‘The Price of Desire’ is the product of detailed research into the designer’s life. Much of the filming took place on site at Roquebrune and involved numerous reconstructions of Gray’s villa, along with its fittings and furniture. In a context where restoration on E-1027 remains ongoing, the film raises provocative questions regarding the production of modernist histories and how these relate to photography and film.
This screening is organised by the ASSC as part of Birkbeck’s Art Week. Please book your places here.